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Press Release – FAA Proposes Civil Penalties Against Three Companies for Allegedly Violating Hazardous Materials Regulations

For Immediate Release

December 31, 2014
Contact: Kathleen Bergen
Phone: (404) 305-5100; Email: Kathleen.Bergen@faa


ATLANTA – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is proposing civil penalties ranging from $63,000 to $91,000 against three companies for allegedly violating Hazardous Materials regulations.

In each case, the FAA alleges the shipments were not marked, labeled or packaged in accordance with the Hazardous Materials Regulations, and were not accompanied by shipping papers to indicate the hazardous nature of their contents. The FAA alleges Harrison Contracting and Red Dot failed to ensure their employees had received required hazardous materials training and failed to provide emergency response information. The agency alleges Amazon failed to provide emergency response information and used a box that was not adequate for shipping.

The cases are as follows: 

$91,000 against Amazon.com of Seattle, Wash. The FAA alleges that on July 31, 2013, Amazon offered to UPS a box containing one 8-ounce plastic container of G.E. Caulk Smoother for transportation by air to Pueblo, Colo. Workers at the UPS sort facility in Louisville, Ky., discovered that approximately four ounces of the flammable alcohol had leaked through the container.

Amazon has 30 days from receipt of the FAA’s enforcement letter to respond to the agency.

$73,500 against Harrison Contracting Co. of Villa Rica, Ga. The FAA alleges that on Feb. 6, 2014, Harrison Contracting offered a shipment containing a one-gallon metal can of paint and a 32-ounce can of lacquer thinner, which are flammable liquids, to FedEx for transportation by air to Sunrise, Fla. Workers at the FedEx package sort facility in Hollywood, Fla. discovered the paint was leaking.

Harrison Contracting has 30 days from receipt of the FAA’s enforcement letter to respond to the agency.

$63,000 against Red Dot Corp. of Athens, Texas. The FAA alleges that on March 6, 2013, Red Dot offered to UPS a shipment containing two 16-ounce containers of flammable aerosol primer for transportation by air to Bruce, S.D. Workers at the UPS sort facility in Louisville, Ky., discovered the shipment was leaking.

Red Dot has requested to meet with the FAA to discuss the case.

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